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Recorded September-December 2016 at home, this is the first collaboration between A.J. Kaufmann and Mariusz Henschke.

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released December 6, 2016

Adam Jan Kaufmann - vocals, lyrics, music.
Mariusz Henschke - guitars, backing vocals, music.
Justin Jackley - artwork.

Special guest:
Tim Williams - vocals. (track 13)

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A.J. Kaufmann Poznań, Poland

Ello, cello, rock'n'roll jello!

Artist photo by Barbara Janicka.

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Track Name: Baltic Bards
Baltic Bards

Well I lost my silver ship and I got no place to stand
But I fear no deadly wave though I find no pleasant land
And I’m tired with the sun and I’m hungry for the sea
Open veins and stolen reins, the control you took from me

I’m an honest man, I fear no wreckage sands
I’m an honest man, I only fear your hand

Have you heard from Baltic Bards, guess they’re busy with the war
Thought I loved you when they ruled all the harbors of the world
Crowded taverns of despair where they sang their dirges proud
To the moonlight and the storms which were never loud enough

They were honest men, they feared no wreckage sands
They were honest men, they only feared your hand

So the sea has taken down all that’s left of poor old me
And I’m falling to a void where my demons circle free
And the Flying Dutchman screams do you wanna step on board
We’ve got all the joy you need but you’ll never step ashore

They are honest men, they fear no wreckage sands
They are honest men, they only fear your hand

So I’m staying with my crew and my ship has been regained
And the wintertime is near so I think I’ll sing again
With the spirits of the sea with the breeze of polar snow
While we sail from northern realms to a friendly southern pole

We are honest men, we fear no wreckage sands
We are honest men, we only fear your hand
Track Name: Living On
Living On

Time’s a secret you can’t keep
You got shackles round your feet
Best you never ask us why
We got rockets in the sky

Living on ain’t no easy job
Living on against the wall
Living on, living on, living on

Life’s a rumor from the war
You’re not welcome anymore
Here’s your passport, here’s the load
Hello twilight, hello road

Living on ain’t no easy job
Living on against the wall
Living on, living on, living on

Met her Monday at the show
Seems a long, long time ago
Thousand bottles on the floor
You’re not lonely anymore

Living on ain’t no easy job
Living on against the wall
Living on, living on, living on
Track Name: Jack of Diamonds
Jack of Diamonds

Jack of Diamonds had a field
For some crops of beauty pure
And they grew like nothing else
And he thought
Why I keep them for myself
I should share them with the folks
I should try to make them see
He was wrong

Jack didn't know
All about the folks
Jack didn't know
Jack didn't want to know

Jack of Diamonds loved the wind
As it blew around his field
It brought many-a-good thing
To our Jack
Why I call the wind my own
I should let it blow away
I should let it be so free
Just like me

Jack didn't know
All about the wind
Jack didn't know
Jack didn't want to know

Jack of Diamonds wasn't good
But lord knows he really tried
And he'll take him as his own
In his time
Now there's nothing but the wind
That keeps blowing upon the field
As if nothing happened here
Are we blind?

Jack didn't know
All about the wind
Jack didn't know
Jack didn't want to know
Jack didn't know
All about the folks
Jack didn't know
Jack didn't want to know
Track Name: Song from the Penitentiary
Song from the Penitentiary

I’m ageing slowly and I’m clear as smoke
In this old penitentiary
I watch the mindless, the cruel and the broke
It’s just the turning of the century
Singing all of the songs I’ve learnt
Reading all of the books you send
From my tight and windowless cell
I’m watching people and the rules they bend

Outside, this gate is choking me
Outside, the warden’s mocking me
And I, I just want to get out
I just want to find out
What it’s like to be free

I’m pouring down with the morning wine
In this old penitentiary
I’m getting high, but I’m never too late
TV eyes keep watching me
Writing all of the verse I can
Filling chessboards in my mind
From my tight and windowless cell
I’m watching alleys that I left behind

Outside, this razor’s killing me
Outside, the devil’s racing me
And I, I just want to get out
I just want to find out
What it’s like to be free

I’m blessing women, they’re the greatest rose
In this old penitentiary
I watch its flesh in black and white
Such a sad, cold memory
Watching all of the films I can
Reading all of the scripts I find
From my tight and windowless cell
I’m watching demons hitching a ride

Outside, my baby’s calling me
Outside, my child is raising me
And I, I just want to get out
I just want to find out
What it’s like to be free
Track Name: Man of a 1000 Songs
Man of a 1000 Songs

I had to write a letter
Or rather a song of pain
I had to try much better
Cause now the song was just insane

All songs have come
To see a shattered man
All songs have come
Into my head
All songs have come
To see the traitor
All songs have crawled out
From under my bed

I had to treat them better
They were my children after all
Some of them taste like leather
Some of them taste like gold

All songs have come
To meet their father
All songs have crawled
Into my hand
All songs have come
To seek for shelter
I never taught them
How to stand
Track Name: Tamarin
Tamarin

Loosen up, play it straight
No tomorrow, when comes today
We ain’t got no time to waste
Soon come thunder, evening rain

Summer wine drips slowly down
On another sunshine day
Ain’t got time to watch that sun
Can’t be lazy when it comes our way

Tamarin
Sweet Tamarin
Comes this way now,
Shaft of green
Tambourine
Play your tambourine
To scare off that
Shaft of green

Gentle rain and glowing snow,
It’s a feeling straight and warm
Concrete plants bid us goodbye
and tiny blue flowers are born

Burning smell, napalm's there
Fire burning, scorching air
Gentle rain and glowing snow
YOU are DEAD and I am BORN

Tamarin
Sweet Tamarin
Comes this way now,
Shaft of green
Tambourine
Play your tambourine
To scare off that
Shaft of green

Bell that rings, rings for life
As another child in crimson is born
Shaft of green crashes thru the glass
Swift as arrow, starkly made of gold

Comes a day, we all shall pay
No tomorrow, when comes today
Ask me what’s that Tamarin
I can’t tell, don’t know what it means
Track Name: 20 Years
20 Years

Through streets of azure sidewalks
And stony windows with no light
There were some sad men walking
And in the cutting of the night
I've seen a little angel
Dressed in rags but still so sweet
And smiling over gutters
And smiling over empty streets

In a country bitter
And in a country dead
In a country sterile
There are people with no heads
Take my word for it
Time for some sins

From money making bastards
Up to their money spending wives
Through TV sets and houses
Their pretty children and their cars
And quacks of twin destruction
The catholic terror over us
And you're not safe in colors
You'd better get out of the bus

It's a country bitter
And it's a country mad
An obedient wasteland
It's the land of the plain
Take my word for it
Time for some sins

All old and cynic people
And all the bans they put on art
And all the doors they close are
Just the doors they close for us
Standing at their fortress
Protecting visions already dead
Cause they were created
Inside their bitter aching heads

In a country swollen
From the unsatisfied
Since we were young
They taught us
How to keep our heads down
There'll be no more of this shit
Time for some sins

That's 20 years of boredom
For trying to live and be myself
They made me watch the gutter
They locked my dreams inside a cell
But now the bars are rusty
And rats are rotten bloody old
My tears have paid off well now
I'm getting higher you stay low

In your cells of poison
In a country mad
Your rules and laws corrupted
Your silent echoes of a brain
Can't reach me now
20 years, that's all
20 years of woe
20 years or more
And 20 years to go
20 years, that's all
Track Name: A Quiet Mind
A Quiet Mind

Sleepless hours come and go
While women play their part
Brandy helps me overcome the night
Beauty breaks and starts to glow
Like a neon heart
Fills my mind with peace and holy light

A quiet mind, you’ll never find me
Dancing with the fools
A quiet mind, you’ll never find me
Following the rules

Diners roll before my eyes
But I’m not eating anymore
Not with all those people, fat and sad
Instead I choose pretending shy
As I’m walking thru the door
My mind is calm and it don’t need no bread

A quiet mind, you’ll never find me
Dancing with the fools
A quiet mind, you’ll never find me
Following the rules

I’m thinking of the folks I’ve met
Wondering where they’ve gone
I’m trying to find a face that could drive me to tears
Just put your hand inside my hat
And find yourself a song
Find yourself a train you can ride for years

A quiet mind, you’ll never find me
Dancing with the fools
A quiet mind, you’ll never find me
Following the rules
Track Name: Lodge
Lodge

Just like a lodge on your way
Just like a lodge on your way
The lights were on but you didn't want to stay
I'm just a lodge on your way

Paint is peeling from the walls
Water’s flooding down the hall
And nothing’s left but the memory when you say
I’m just a lodge on your way

Will you ever learn
Will you ever pay
Will you ever find
A cheaper place to stay

Dirty windows smile, they’re facing town
River’s on the back with all her frown
You’ve chosen me, had no better place to stay
I’m just a lodge on your way

Mirrors crack and floors collapse
Creatures leave their winter nests
Exile laughs and permanence turns gray
I’m just a lodge on your way

Will you ever learn
Will you ever pay
Will you ever find
A cheaper place to stay

Just like a moth to the light
Just like a fool in the night
You came to rest and chase the bars away
I’m just a lodge on your way
Track Name: Hazy
Hazy

I got a girl
I found me another day
I got a swirl
I grabbed me another spray
I got a trend
I slept with my friend's guitar
I got a hand
I dreamt of another star

Now I know now I know what time it is
Now I know now I know which part is his
Now I know now I know what time it is
Now I know now I know which part is his

So sleepy I'm tripping with my garden lights
I'm weeping, I'm slipping with the morning stars
I'm lazy, I'm hungry for another kiss
I'm hazy, I'm hanging on my lover's lips

I got a bike
I found me another road
I got a strike
I can't seem to make things load
I got a go
I can't stand the news today
I got a blow
I can't trip another way
Track Name: Road to Lead You Home
Road To Lead You Home

Smoke in the air
And a wolf on the lane
Caught inside a wagon
That will drive her away
Down into the country
Into no-man's land
Where beasts wander free
And bones lie in the sand

Twisted are the roads but you gotta go on
Wander barefooted through the nails and thorns
Wander naked in the wind and snow
Until you find a road that will lead you home

Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Alone

Wheels in the mud
Wait until they drop
Their load upon your back
To take it down the track
Down into the country
Into no-man's land
Where lightning strikes before
The thunder even came

Twisted are the roads but you gotta go on
Wander barefooted through the nails and thorns
Wander naked in the wind and snow
Until you find a road that will lead you home

Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Alone

Rats in the docks
Docks in our town
Town in our country
Decay is all around
Pray unto your god
Or curse him if you can
But if your life is all messed up
You're the only one to blame

Twisted are the roads but you gotta go on
Wander barefooted through the nails and thorns
Wander naked in the wind and snow
Until you find a road that will lead you home

Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Road to lead you home
You gotta find it
Alone
Track Name: The Beast
The Beast

The beast is coming to take you away
Lord, the beast is coming to take you away
It gonna come with no horns
But TV on Sunday with churches and whores

The beast is coming to your neighbors and friends
Lord, the beast is coming to your neighbors and friends
Gonna take down their babies
Bury them down where the railroad track ends

The beast put a hammer in your brother’s hand
Lord, the beast put a hammer in your brother’s hand
He gonna build you no homes
But kill his own people wherever they stand

The beast put a shotgun in your brother’s home
Lord, the beast put a shotgun in your brother’s home
Now there ain’t no protection
The beast is lurking wherever you roam

The beast is coming to set evil free
Lord, the beast is coming to set evil free
Unleashing the prisons
It’s smashing your spirit, but letting you live

Now witness some more, cause the beast ain’t done yet
Lord, hear me once more, it ain’t done with that
It’s calling for guns and yelling for flame
The beast ain’t done with its killing game

The beast is riding with chaos and woe all over the land
Lord, the beast is riding with chaos and woe all over the land
Its iron jaws tighten
Get ready to pay for your gambling hand
Track Name: Sunshine Lightnin'
Sunshine Lightnin'

You came on a lightnin'
Landed on the beach, now
And you were a rainbow
Of shells and sun and soul now
Your soul went shining
Shining like the golden sand
Gathered safely in your hand
Each and every grain

You could turn them into stardust
You could make each one a rainbow
If you only wanted to, if you only wanted to
Now if you wanted you could make us see
Make us see so much

Falling freely above the mountain
Sunshine lightnin'
Don’t need no wings to fly so high
Don’t need no trains to ride that far
No need to sail the frozen sea
You melt it down, set the waters free
But fear no flood cause it won't come
Won't wash away your spirits home

Look through my eyes now
Tell me what you see
Is it the same view
The same jeweled world now
Or is it better
Tell me is it better
Is it better this way now
Beaches on the rainbow

They could all be soon full of people
They could all be soon full of stars
If you only wanted to, if you only wanted to
Now if you wanted you could make us see
Make us see so much

Falling freely above the mountain
Sunshine lightnin'
Don’t need no wings to fly so high
Don’t need no trains to ride that far
No need to sail the frozen sea
You melt it down, set the waters free
But fear no flood cause it won't come
Won't wash away your spirits home